The following contains spoilers for Spider-Man #3, on sale now from Marvel.
Peter Parker is stabbed with the same dagger that killed Jessica Drew, which then causes him to be erased from all existence, in Marvel’s Spider-Man #3.
Spider-Man #3 comes from writer Dan Slott, penciler Mark Bagley, inker John Dell, colorist Edgar Delgado and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna. In the series, Spider-Man has joined forces with Miles Morales, Madame Web, Silk, Araña, Morlun and a handful of others to fight Shathra, who has gradually been possessing heroes of the Spider-Verse and turning them into members of her hive. Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman initially joined Peter’s cause as well; however, a possessed Spider-Man Noir stabbed by a dagger that severed her tie to the Great Web, which then erases her from all existence, in Spider-Man #1.
Peter, Araña and Night-Spider/Earth-194’s Felicia Hardy all find themselves in the fight of their lives when Shathra’s forces attack shortly after they retrieve an artifact that could bring Jessica back. Severely outnumbered, the three heroes find no way to evade the foes and quickly lose the idol they just retrieved. Peter tries to remain optimistic and tells everyone they’ll find another way to save Jessica. “We always do!” he yells. “Just have a little faith, okay? Remember, you’re talking to the ‘chosen one.’ As long as I’m around, we can’t lose.”
Spider-Man No Longer Exists in the Marvel Universe
Moments after he’s finished speaking, a Shathra-infected Ghost-Spider/Gwen Stacy comes forward and stabs Peter in the chest. “Thankszzz, Pete,” she says. “Couldn’t have said it better myself!” While the injury appears bloodless, Peter realizes the dagger is the same weapon that erased Jessica from existence, which then begins to happen to him. “This — this isn’t supposed to happen,” he stutters as he begins to unravel from the Great Web. “But I can’t — I don’t feel anything…It’s like I never…Everything I ever was…All those people I saved. Will they be okay? I’m Sorry.”
Solicitation information for Spider-Man #4, which releases Jan. 4, 2023, confirms Peter truly has been erased from existence, at least for the time being. The synopsis reads, “The End of the Spider-Verse rages on! Yes, that really happened last issue. The tremors will be felt until it all ends. That’s truly all we can say until you read #3.”
Spider-Man #3 features cover art by Bagley and Alejandro Sánchez and variant cover art by Humberto Ramos, Delgado, Marco Checchetto and Dennis Chan. The issue is on sale now from Marvel.